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SD Farmers Union hosts farm bill meetings

South Dakota Farmers Union will host farm bill meetings across South Dakota in partnership with U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency.

More good news on ND prevented-planting

The latest Farm Service Agency statistics reinforce earlier reports that prevented-planting acres aren’t as common in North Dakota as once feared.

Deere to lay off more than 600 at four US plants

Deere to lay off more than 600 at four US plants

Deere & Co., the world’s largest maker of farm equipment, says it will indefinitely lay off more than 600 employees at plants in Illinois, Iowa and Kansas as falling grain prices hurt demand for tractors, harvesters and other agricultural machinery.


Climate change to cut South Asia’s growth 9 percent by 2100

Climate change will cut South Asia’s growth almost 9 percent by the end of the century unless world governments try harder to counter global warming, the Asian Development Bank says.

Ukraine to lose 15 percent of grain crop in violence-hit regions

Ukraine will lose 15 percent of its grain crop in two violence-hit regions in the country’s east, according to a spokesman for Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk.

Beach, ND, zoning board recommends land use change for elevator rail spur

A proposed rail spur that would alleviate the Beach (N.D.) Grain Cooperative’s issues with trains took its first step toward becoming a reality Monday morning.

STB orders CP, BNSF to Sept. 4 hearing in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. – The U.S. Surface Transportation Board announced Monday it will hold a public hearing on Sept. 4 to provided shippers an opportunity to report on service problems in the rail network.

MSU protects against wheat midge

Montana State University and wheat growers across the state are working together to protect the state’s billion-dollar wheat industry from a tiny orange midge capable of inflicting major damage on the crop.

Harvest, that special time of year

Harvest, that special time of year

Wheat harvest is about to begin in south-central North Dakota, and yields could be among the highest ever.


Biofuel crop laws needed

If the hottest new plant grown as a biofuel crop is approved based solely on its greenhouse gas emission profile, its potential as the next invasive species might not be discovered until it’s too late.

USDA report pressures markets

USDA report pressures markets

Wheat struggled last week as traders positioned themselves ahead of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s August crop production report. Improving fundamentals added pressure. For the week ending Aug. 14, September Minneapolis lost 13 cents, September Chicago dropped 12 cents and September Kansas City gave back 21 cents.


Reducing postharvest loss

With all the effort it takes to grow a food crop from seed to sale, it might be surprising that some farms in Brazil lose 10 to 12 percent of their yield at various points along the postharvest route.

WASDE: Wheat, corn up

Projected U.S. wheat supplies for 2014 to '15 are up, with an increase in forecast hard red winter wheat production as well as smaller increases for soft red winter, hard red spring and durum.

Rail service shortage continues

Crews at Fordville Cooperative Marketing Association’s elevator loaded a 100-car unit train Aug. 10. For the next three days, a constant convoy of farm trucks large and small rolled through town, most of them delivering spring wheat from last year’s harvest that has been stored on farms. John Capp, who farms south of Lankin, N.D., waited early afternoon Aug. 12 in his 1973 International truck for his turn at the elevator.

Canadian Pacific's Harrison: We will get better

Hunter Harrison, CEO of Canadian Pacific Railway, showed his pride and disappointment in his railroad’s ability to move North Dakota grain in a meeting Aug. 11 with shippers and two U.S. senators in Minot.

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